Manchester City’s target this season will be to match Manchester United’s record of three successive Premier League titles but, despite manager Pep Guardiola playing down their Champions League ambitions, Europe could act as a distraction.

Guardiola’s side have been nothing short of dominant in the domestic league since the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign.

City amassed an incredible 198 points in those two seasons and broke the record for the most Premier League wins in 2017/18 before matching it last year, while plundering a record 163 goals in all competitions in 2018/19.

An unprecedented domestic treble was completed in emphatic style with a 6-0 romp over Watford in the FA Cup final in May, but for all their domestic success under Guardiola, there is still one major goal yet to be reached – continental glory.

“I’ve said before that for City to be where they want to be, I think they need to win the Champions League,” said the club’s England defender Kyle Walker.

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